New Delhi: On Friday, as per latest updates about Cyclone ‘Fani’ a severe humanitarian crisis is looming over the eastern coast of India as a catastrophic Cyclone 'Fani' is set to make landfall in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh by forenoon today and proceed to West Bengal. The India Meteorological Department says Fani (pronounced 'Foni') is very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri around forenoon on May 3 with a maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. IMD said in its statement "The landfall process is very likely to continue till noon of May 3,". The cyclone has been located about 80 kms south-southwest of Puri, 65 kms southeast of Gopalpur and 280 kms east-northeast of Visakhapatnam. The diameter of the eye of the cyclone is 30 kms.
Here it is to be noted that the landfall process will very likely continue till noon/afternoon of May 3. After the landfall, the system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and emerge into the Gangetic region of West Bengal as a 'severe cyclonic storm' by early morning on 4 May. It is very likely to move further north-northwestwards and emerge into Bangladesh on 4 May evening as a cyclonic storm. As the Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall on the Eastern Coast of the country today, the red alert has been issued in Odisha. About ten thousand villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are likely to be affected by the storm. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and reviewed the preparedness to tackle the cyclone.
However, it is worth mention here that Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi and SRC Bishnupada Sethi briefed the Chief Minister that about ten thousand villages and fifty-two ULBs are likely to be affected. Patnaik appealed to people to remain indoor when the cyclone crosses the coast and said all arrangements have been made keeping in view the safety and security of people. The chief secretary said the cyclone is likely to make landfall in Puri city or nearby areas. In the wake of the Cyclone Fani, the Andhra Pradesh government has also issued a red alert in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and parts of Visakhapatnam. The Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh has reviewed the situation on the preparedness of the administration of the three districts. People are also advised not to visit the beaches. According to reports, 15 NDRF teams, 34 boat rescue teams and 116 road clearance are deployed and on standby.